Monthly Archives: July 2011

Avid Announces Sibelius 7, the Fastest, Smartest, Easiest Way to Write Music

Avid releases newest version of the world’s best-selling music notation software, with full MusicXML interchange support, exclusive professional-quality sample library and a new task-oriented user interface.

Avid® today announced the release of Sibelius 7, the newest version of the company’s flagship musical notation software. Combining a deep, sophisticated feature set with an all new task-oriented user interface — putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips — Sibelius® 7 enhances music writing through intuitive and flexible workflows and improved tools for increased collaboration. Complete with a newly recorded professional-quality sampled sound library, native 64-bit performance, full MusicXML interchange support, and advanced typography and graphics features, Sibelius 7 is more powerful and versatile than ever before.

“Whether you’re a composer, arranger, copyist, publisher, instrumentalist, teacher or student, Sibelius 7 enables you to write music even more quickly and easily—no matter your level of experience,” said Chris Gahagan, Avid Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions. “Sibelius 7 offers a completely redesigned user interface and technology architecture, providing incredibly fast performance and improved workflows designed to help you create beautiful scores faster and more easily than ever.”

What’s New in Sibelius 7?

  • New and exclusive professional-quality sound library – Unique to Sibelius, the new professional-quality sound library delivers stunning musical realism to scores during playback. It includes the Avid Orchestra, a specially recorded full symphony orchestra, a collection of rock and pop sounds from the Avid virtual instrument team, a 27-stop church organ from leading virtual organ creator Hauptwerk, and a selection of sounds from Sample Logic Rumble and Fanfare featuring 14-time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Blue Devils.
  • Completely redesigned task-oriented user interface – Optimized for single-display systems, the new user interface employs a rich graphical toolbar and dockable panels that don’t obscure the working area, putting all of the software’s features at the user’s fingertips. The redesigned mixer also allows finer control of playback than ever before, delivering more balanced mixes.
  • Full MusicXML interchange – Complete MusicXML import and now export makes sharing files with hundreds of music applications, including Finale®, easier than ever.
  • 64-bit performance – Sibelius 7 is the world’s first native 64-bit notation software, and has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the performance of today’s incredibly fast 64-bit hardware and operating systems.
  • Powerful text, graphic and sharing options – Publisher-quality typography and graphics import/export capability delivers finished scores with professional-quality text and graphics. Publish and export demanding layouts and text-heavy scores with advanced finishing options, including direct PDF and EPS export. Also sync with or import notation from Pro Tools®, or export scores as Scorch® files, then share or publish them on the web or via Avid Scorch for iPad®.

What Customers Are Saying

“Sibelius 7 clearly demonstrates that the design team is not content to rest on their laurels,” declares Bill Holab, engraver and winner of 57 Paul Revere awards for graphic excellence in music. “They have completely revamped the interface, made it easier for novice users, yet retained all of the familiar shortcuts. On top of that, they have redesigned the display system so that we get a far more accurate view of the music onscreen, and added in extensive text features that are essential to some of the complex projects we work on, like opera vocal scores. Sibelius 7 is an intrinsic part of our production workflow and will continue to be the main tool we use to prepare high-end music publications and performance materials.”

“The striking thing about Sibelius 7 is the new user interface – the startling thing about Sibelius 7 is how much faster the new user interface allows you to work,” explains John Murdoch, music director of Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA. “Are you arranging a score for a choral performance? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. Are you creating music for live playback with virtual instruments? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. Are you simplifying a score for Broadway musical auditions? Sibelius 7 makes you faster. And that was just my day yesterday.”

Availability and Pricing

Sibelius 7 is now available for £459 GBP / €549 EUR. Current Sibelius customers may take advantage of upgrade options of £119 GBP / €140 EUR, with multi-seat upgrade pricing from £47 GBP / €60 EUR per seat. Customers looking to crossgrade from another notation product can purchase a crossgrade for £149 GBP / €170 EUR. Avid also offers individual educator and student pricing for £219 GBP / €249 EUR. In addition, students receive four years of complimentary upgrades. This price and four years of complimentary upgrades also apply to Avid’s leading audio and video software, Pro Tools and Media Composer. Educational multi-user pricing is offered at £95 GBP / €95 EUR per seat. To learn more or to watch a video overview of Sibelius 7, visit Sibelius online. For purchasing inquiries, please visit the Sibelius Store.

Third Issue iGuitar features Zakk Wylde, Phil Collen, Doug Aldrich, in-depth reviews and hours of Guitar Lessons

The free digital Magazine iGuitar has now launched its third issue which features not one but two interviews with the great Zakk Wylde, plus in depth looks at some of his kit: Zakk’s Gibson Les Paul, the Marshall JCM800 amp and the MXR Zakk Wylde pedals.

Other interviews continue the heavy metal theme with Stuart Bull quizzing Def Leppard’s guitar ace, Phil Collen, Jamie Humphries meeting Whitesnake’s Doug Aldrich and Gary Cooper profiling that master of chords Pete Townsend. All the interviews are supplemented with videos showing you how play songs by these great guitarists and the techniques they use.

A special feature, tying into the cover story, is ‘The Wizard’s of Oz’. Top guitar teacher Jamie Humphries takes a look at the guitar styles of Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee and Gus G, some of Ozzy Osbourne’s greatest axe men. Check out the free lick lessons, and if you like the free licks then there is almost a DVDs worth of additional licks available on special offer as a paid download for subscribers; in all twenty five licks plus a jam track, to get your metal soling up to speed.

Reviews include guitar, amp and FX products from a host of manufactures including Line 6, Yamaha, Providence, PRS, T-Rex, Vigier, Marshall and Brace Audio. All reviews include a full product write up, as well as videos demonstrating the gear and letting you see the products and details on how to use them.

In the Quiet Room section, there is an exclusive interview with Australian guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel plus even more exclusive live footage from one of his recent gigs.  Also included are reviews on products from Breedlove, Tanglewood, Trace Accoustic and LR Braggs, again complete with video demonstrations.

Then there is the competition – you can win a copy of the highly sought after signed copy of the Book of Orange and a superb Orange CR6S Stereo Micro Crush Combo.

On top of all that, the third issue of iGuitar is brimming with technical know how, lessons and much, much more.

iGuitar is much more than just a magazine, it offers readers an exceptional experience with its dynamic design and layout, and its fully interactive multi media presentation.

iGuitar is available free from, no strings attached!

Posted in Education, Guitar, News

Dennis Dunaway Used Rotosounds on the Alice Cooper Group Classic “School’s Out”

Dennis Dunaway, original bass player with the Alice Cooper Group was recently asked about what he used to record the classic track ‘School’s out’ and gave the following revealing story : “I had just finished recording a track in the studio when a roadie came in with some new strings called Rotosound. I strung up my bass and immediately decided to re-dub the bass part on the track. The song – well it was “School’s Out” – and the rest as they say is history!”

Dennis Dunaway, co writer of “School’s Out”, has used Rotosound RS 66LD 45-105 Swing Bass strings ever since. In fact the Fender Custom Shop will soon announce a limited edition of the Billion Dollar Bass, which is a remarkably detailed replica of Dennis’s original 1970 Fender Jazz Bass that he used on the majority of the Alice Cooper Group recordings. This was the first bass that he used Rotosound Strings on, to record “School’s Out.”

Fans of Dennis and the original Alice Cooper Group (ACG) recently saw him use his Rotosound strung bass ‘live’ at the ground breaking Jagermeister Ice Cold Event at Battersea Power Station in 4-D Holographic form on 11th May 2011. This performance was the first one since 1972 to ‘feature’ the surviving members of the band, all together overseas. Billed at the ‘UK’s first holographic 4D rock gig’, the performance was shot in a Hollywood studio and beamed onto the eight metre Battersea stage. Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the group’s appearance celebrates the release on 6th June 2011 of the collectable ‘Old School: 1964-1974’ box set which captures the bands early shock rock years.

Dennis currently plays live with his bands Blue Coupe and Fifth Avenue Vampires.

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Posted in Bass, Guitar, News, Strings

Institute alumnus wins Live and Unsigned 2011

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance songwriting alumnus Robbie Boyd was selected as the winner in the ‘alternative’ category for this year’s Live and Unsigned grand final at the IndigO2 on Saturday 23rd July.

Robbie was joined on stage by fellow Institute students Mike Newman, Russell Smith, Huw Beynon and Simon Fitzpatrick, and performed two tracks for an impressive group of industry judges. These included Tom Deacon (Radio 1 presenter), Adam Perry (drummer of The Bloodhound Gang & co-owner of the label Medical Records), Paul Handley (Director of Out of Bounds Music), Alex Baker (presenter of unsigned show on Kerrang! Radio), Steve Russell (Vice-president of TC Group), Bez (Happy Mondays), Chris Grayston (Head of Future Music) and Ben Price (Head of A&R at Future Music).

Robbie and his band beat 10,000 other acts from around the UK who entered Live and Unsigned this year to take the title. Part of the prize for Robbie is an all expenses paid trip to represent the UK at ‘Tour Fest’ in Rome next year. On the Live and Unsigned experience, Robbie had the following to say:

The competition really helped us focus on the specific arrangements of my songs in terms of how to make them as powerful/impactful as they can be in as little time as possible, along with learning the importance of doing covers in a truly original way. It was also a great way to get exposure to top industry people, increase our fan base and play at a prestigious venue like the IndigO2 in front of thousands of people!”

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Posted in Artists, Education, News

Three New Drum Channel DVDs Released – Buddy Rich, Gannin Arnold and Peter Erskine

Drum Channel has just released a Special Edition of the Award Winning Buddy Rich Up Close DVD now including a new CD of the show. They have also released two stunning new drumming DVDs, by the virtuoso guitarist Gannin Arnold with 5 world class drummers and the highly skilled, versatile drummer Peter Erskine. Each of the DVDs takes a completely different approach, giving you access to the widest possible methodologies for playing the drums.

The Special Edition of Buddy Rich Up Close ( RRP $24.95) brings with it a previously unreleased CD which includes the Band Mix and the Buddy Hot Mix of six fantastic songs: Love For Sale, Bugle Call Rag, West Side Story, Birdland, Greensleeves and Dancing Men. The DVD features footage from three of Buddy’s shows with shots from as many cameras as possible highlighting Buddy’s incredible drumming techniques. You can also listen to two different versions of the audio, plus a slow motion rendering to catch all the nuances of Buddy’s performances. Modern Drummer magazine who rated the DVD five stars commented, ‘Whether you’re a longtime Buddy fan or you’re just discovering his talents, this DVD, which features six songs performed by Buddy Rich and filmed in a club with Rich’s big band, is one to check out . . . fun and inspiring, with lots of wow.’

Next comes the Gannin Arnold Project: 5 World Class Drummers (RRP $24.95). Featuring Taylor Hawkins, Jimmy Chamberlain, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio and Gary Novak, this has to probably be one of the most exceptional, engaging and interesting performance and educational drumming DVD’s ever produced. Joining Gannin Arnold and this marvelous array of drummers are Billy Mohler on Guitar and Bass and Tim Landers on Bass. These top notch drummers each play the Gannin Arnold song ‘Not From Here’ showing you how differently they interpret it. During the DVD you will be able to see the drummers playing from overhead and watch what their feet are doing with the special close up edits that are included. On top of that the DVD also included interviews with each of the drummers, and 19 remarkable band performances.

The third in this trio is Peter Erskine: Everything I Know, A Work In Progress (RRP $24.95). Peter was once described by the great Neil Peart as ‘a master drummer and educator, an amiable guru of deep wisdom and infectious enthusiasm’. He is known for sophisticated rhythms, distinctive accompaniments and powerful, ripping solos. This double DVD set is a collection of drum lessons with the man himself accompanied by three of his favourite musicians. Produced by music industry legend Don Lombardi these two drum educational DVDs contain the equivalent of a years worth of private lessons.

Available exclusively through Drum Channel go to to find out more.

Avid Next-Generation DJ Software Torq 2.0 – Special Promotions

Buy Torq Xponent – Get a Gig Bag at No Extra Charge or Buy Torq Conectiv – Get Accessories at No Extra Charge

Avid UK — July 21st—Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced special promotions for  Torq® Xponent performance and production system and Torq®  Conectiv audio interface for connecting turntables or DJ CD players.

Buy the Torq Xponent and get a gig bag at no extra cost.  If you are ready to experience the future of DJing then the Torq Exponent is for you. It provides you with hands on control of all the revolutionary features in Torq 2.0 software in a portable compact form that is easy to take on the road. Purchase and register your Torq Xponent before 16th September 2011 and you will receive a custom designed, rugged construction, Gig Bag (worth more than £50) at no extra cost. The bag has lots of separate compartments for the Xponent, a laptop, any accessories – in fact everything you need for a night out.  Buy now or find a reseller for the Torq Xponent system.

Buy the Torq Conectiv and get accessories at no extra cost.  This offer means there has never been a better time to step up to the creative power of Torq. Purchase and register your Torq Conectiv before September 16th 2011 and at no extra cost you have a choice of two additional control CDs, two additional control vinyl mats or two slipmats. This means you could get everything you need to create and perform your own sound. The Torq Conectiv also includes an upgrade to Torq 2.0 at no extra cost. Buy now or find a reseller for the Torq Connectiv system.

Offers are available while stocks last – so act quickly and don’t miss out.

Note: Everyone purchasing Torq Xponent or Torq Conectiv from January 13, 2011 to September 30, 2011 will receive a free upgrade to Torq 2.0 when it becomes available.

Further information on Torq and the upgrade amnesty can be found here:

Posted in DJ, Technology

ModernBeats Releases Pop RnB Guitar Loops Volume 1

Featuring over 120 loops in WAV/AIFF/REX2 formats (360+ files total) provided in construction-style layout, ModernBeats presents “Pop RnB Guitar Loops 1”. This music loop library provides a myriad of professional Pop Radio Guitar performances & riffs, plus a variety of bonus production tracks listed below. Each instrument performance is separated into its own loop file with both 16bit and 24 bit options provided.

‘Pop RnB Guitar Loops 1’ is modeled in the style of today’s hottest platinum Pop R&B recording artists such as Ne-Yo, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Katy Perry, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Chris Brown, and more! All loops mix-match seamlessly by key and tempo, allowing users to mix 100’s of loop combinations across the 10 multi-track themes provided.

Pop RnB Guitar Loops 1 – Included Music Instruments:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Arpeggio Synths
  • Brass Section
  • Breath Sound FX
  • Chorus Synths
  • Choir Pads
  • Electric Guitar
  • Ensemble Strings
  • Fret Noise FX
  • Guitar Harmonics
  • Horns Section
  • Phaser Synths
  • Piano & Violins
  • Pizzicato Strings
  • Saw Synth Leads
  • Slide Guitar
  • Sync Synths
  • Synth Pads
  • Synth Sound FX
  • Wah Wah Guitar
  • Vocal Sound FX

Pop RnB Guitar Loops 1 is offered as a download, priced at $29.95. For more information and audio demos, visit:

Posted in Guitar, Loops, Samples

See Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Neil Peart and others with the new Drum Channel All Access Pass

Drum Channel, who provides over a hundred and fifty hours of on-line lessons and drum shows, has announced a fantastic new unlimited All Access Pass to their website via a new subscription of only $4.99 per month.

The All Access Pass is your unrestricted right of entry to the exciting Drum Channel world, where you can interact with the world’s best drummers and teachers. This is your way into over one hundred and fifty hours of drumming lessons, with world renowned drummers sharing the secrets of how they get their own distinctive sound, plus over one hundred hours of  the best drumming shows, with new shows and lessons being added weekly.

Drummers featured include Drum Channels very own Artist in Residence Terry Bozzio with a faculty that includes Gregg Bissonette, Stephen Perkins, Chad Smith, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart and Alex Acuna. Regular guests to the channel include Taylor Hawkins, Mike Portnoy, Chester Thompson, Billy Cobham, Luis Conte, Ray Luzier, JR Robinson, in fact a who’s who of the best drummers on the planet!

The $4.99 monthly subscription is the perfect way to guarantee you never miss a show, gives you the opportunity to participate with fellow drummers, professional and amateur and take advantage of any special offers and competitions that Drum Channel may offer. Once a member you can also benefit from a 20% discount on all Drum Channel DVDs in the store. You can even log on now and see lots of free lessons and shows as a taster to the amazing material available to subscribers.

More and more drummers are signing up and finding out the boundless advantages of the $4.99 monthly subscription, why don’t you take the plunge and join them watching and hearing your drumming heroes, learn how to improve your drumming or simply hang out.

To sign up for you monthly subscription go to Drum Channel All Access Pass.

Posted in Drums & Percussion

Blondie’s Clem Burke awarded Honorary Doctorate

Blondie Drummer Clem Burke is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Gloucestershire for his groundbreaking involvement in a project that bears his name.

The Clem Burke Drumming Project (CBDP) was launched in July 2008 in collaboration with Clem Burke, the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Chichester.  The seminal research revealed that professional drummers had a heart rate profile similar to professional footballers and expended a significant amount of energy per performance.

The award recognises not only his musical excellence, but also the pioneering work he has undertaken to explore the physical demands of drumming and the uses of drumming to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.

Subsequent work by the Project has included the positive effects of drumming amongst primary school children with a range of educational needs and drumming as an intervention to super-obese children. The Project is also about to publish data on 15 professional drummers that shows that the initial findings on Clem’s performance are typical.  Darrin Mooney, drummer for Primal Scream, Matt Tong from Bloc Party, Rob Rolfe of Enter Shikari, Kevin Figueiredo, drummer with Extreme and musician Jeremy Hickey, known as R.S.A.G. have been working with the research team in physiological testing that measures heart rate, oxygen uptake and blood lactate levels in rehearsal testing and during live shows.

Dr Steve Draper, Co-founder of the CBDP, University of Gloucestershire said:

“This is a proud moment for all involved with the Clem Burke Drumming Project and a fitting recognition of the achievements of its figurehead.   Clem is a respected, world renowned and Grammy Award winning artist who has enjoyed a long and varied career in music.  It has, and continues to be, a privilege to work with him.”

Co-founder, Dr Marcus Smith from the University of Chichester added:
“The award of an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Clem Burke recognises not only his longevity and excellence as a musician but also his willingness to engage with academics to investigate the science of drumming.

“Over the past 12 years our understanding of the physiological demands of playing the drums has become clear and the potential role drumming may have as an intervention to enhance health and wellbeing.”

Clem is delighted with the awards. He said:

“I would never have expected that my work with the Clem Burke Drumming Project would result in such an award. It is truly a great honour and I accept this award on behalf of my brother drummers everywhere in the world”

The honorary award will be conferred on July 30 at the Rhythmfest drumming summer school taking place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park campus in Cheltenham.

More information about the CBDP can be found at

Patchbanks & Sound Co. release Ultra Drums – Snares & Claps

For those in search of ultra-quality drum samples, search no further—as we present an impeccable collection of 101 selective snares/claps suited for house, trance and electronic club music. Perfecting your snares and claps can be tedious when your drum sample have been re-sampled, not recorded properly or rendered with distasteful compression/eq settings—which is why we’ve sourced only but the best analog and digital drum modules that were recorded, processed and mixed through high-end gear to offer the most raw and robust sound possible. Expect nothing but superb sound quality like you never heard before.

  • Quantity: 101 Drum Samples
  • File Type: Wav
  • Music Styles: House, Trance, Electro, Club
  • Price: $14.95

For demos and product info please visit